Workshop: Clear Language


To give you an example of the workshops I run here is some details for the clear language and accessible documents workshop.

Whats its about?

Are your documents designed to be easy to read for people whose second language is English, who have low literacy, or who have cognitive disabilities?  Tools like clear language writing and accessible documentation can help you reach a wider audience and ensure people understand your point.  These are tools that can help you bring universal design for learning into your written documentation.  But, how do you know which tool best suits you and your audience?

Aims of the Workshop

This workshop aims to build confidence and skills in using two accessible information tools.  These tools are:

Clear Language:

Helps writers think about the literacy level of their document.  It ensures that a document stays within a set literacy level, making the documents easier to read and understand for a wider audience.

Accessible Documents:

Using a mix of visuals and text to share information across cultural, language, and cognitive differences.  The mixed use of visuals and text helps a writer reach audiences that have difficulties understanding written documents.

Another aim is to learn the strengths and weakness of these tools.

As well, Activities will reinforce what people have learned, while building skills with these specific accessibility tools. Once each tool has been explored another activity will assist people to know when to use what accessibility tools.


The activities will ensure that people grasp how to use these accessibility tools.  The activities are:

Clear Language Activity:

A short sample of writing will be provided. People will be asked to make changes to the wording and sentences in order to lower the reading level.  This will help people learn about adjusting the reading level to their audience.

Accessible Documents Activity:

People will be asked to explain a topic by using a visual and text.  This will help people to grasp how to use visuals to clearly explain a topic.

Practice Activity:

The final activity will list a set of scenarios.  Each person will be asked to privately note which tool, if any, they would use for each scenario.  Discussions about each situation and the choices made will show the versatility of the tools.  A series of questions will be introduced to help guide people on deciding when to use an accessibility tool.


Resources for the clear language and accessible documents tools will be given to help people take what they have learned with them.

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